Saturday, November 21, 2009

Pedicabs now officially a profession

Under new citywide regulations that went into effect this weekend, pedicabs must now be insured and inspected for safety. The Times notes how the pedicab biz started hereabouts...

New York City’s pedicab business, by most accounts, began on an East Village side street circa 1995, as a close-knit collective of tricyclists squeezed into a garage next door to the Hells Angels. Tap dancers, undertakers and striptease artists were among the first drivers.

But as the business grew, so did its troubles. Hundreds of new bike operators arrived, pestering tourists and testing the city’s tolerance.

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